First Lady Michelle Obama believes many Americans have lost hope since Donald Trump’s election, as seen in the first preview of her Oprah interview

During an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on CBS This Morning Friday, the First Lady said that President Barack Obama did try to deliver hope to the American people. 

“We feel the difference now, See, now, we are  feeling what not having hope feels like,” she told Oprah. “Hope is necessary. It’s a necessary concept and Barack didn’t just talk about hope because he thought it was just a nice slogan to get votes.”

She also expressed concerns for children in the country as many parents continue to express similar feelings of hopelessness.

“He and I and so many believe that — what else do you have if you don’t have hope?” the First Lady added. “What do you give your kids if you can’t give them hope?”

“I feel that Barack has been that for the nation in ways that people will come to appreciate,” Obama said. “Having a grown-up in the White House who can say to you in times of crisis and turmoil, ‘Hey it’s going to be ok. Let’s remember the good things we have. Let’s look at the future. Let’s look at all the things that we are building.’”

“All of this is important for our kids to stay focused and to feel like their work isn’t in vane, that their lives aren’t in vain,” she added. “What do we do if we don’t have hope, Oprah?”